The Complete Lost Lennon Tapes, Volume 3 (discs 16-22)
Whew. After 15 exhaustive chapters, the Complete Lost Lennon Tapes rolls off into the sunset with a 3rd and final volume. For fans of Lennon's late 70s comeback period, this installment will be a real treat, as discs 17 and 21 are loaded with demos and studio alternates of material from the magnificent Double Fantasy. However, keeping with the collection's habit of eschewing any sort of chronological order, there's plenty of material from the entirety of his recorded career sprinkled throughout. The many highlights include an extremely early version of "Strawberry Fields Forever", featuring Lennon sketching out some chord changes and fooling around with a few different lyrics. It doesn't sound like he was even dreaming of Strawberry Fields at this point. "One Day at a Time" is represented on disc 16 in a bare bones studio run-through that suits the song even better than the lush treatment it received on the Mind Games LP. The real treat here is disc 22, which includes the complete soundtrack for Yoko's unreleased 1971 film "Clock" (an excellent quality home recording of John casually running through some new tunes and golden oldies), as well as a recording of the jam session at Lennon's 31st birthday party, featuring what sounds like a house full of guests (including a very "vocal" Phil Spector) doing campfire renditions of Beatles tracks, traditionals and even a couple of Paul and George's solo hits. A suitable ending. Now, take off those headphones and go take a nap. You're bound to be exhausted.